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Think waterGP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect1WhiteCape Town is experiencing a serious water shortage due to insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels. We all need to THINK WATER. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater ">thinkwater </a>Blue<img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header6_dayzero.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Residential water restrictions explained GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current drought in Cape Town. We need to work together to change the way we use our water<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/Residential-water-restrictions-explained">Residential-water-restrictions-explained</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Water%20and%20sanitation%20services%20for%20informal%20settlements%20and%20backyarders%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Day Zero DashboardGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1Day Zero- the day we may all have to queue for water.<a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/dayzerodashboard" target="_blank">dayzerodashboard</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header6_dayzero.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Commercial water restrictions explainedGP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities1Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current drought in Cape Town. We need to work together to change the way we use our water<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/Commercial-water-restrictions-explained">Commercial-water-restrictions-explained</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/2016%20commercial%20water%20restrictions%20explained%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Water saving toolkitsGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1To help you spread the word, we have created water-saving information packs for your home, business and hospitality industry.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/education-and-research-materials/graphics-and-educational-material/water-saving-resources">water-saving-resources</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/WaterSavingResources-header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Indigent grants GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home1You can apply for an indigent grant to help pay rates, service charges or City housing rental payments.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/local%20and%20communities/financial-relief-and-rebates/our-approach-to-financial-support/indigent-grants">indigent-grants</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Indigent bann.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Safety and security resourcesGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1The City offers a variety of free interesting and educational material relating to safety and security.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/education-and-research-materials/graphics-and-educational-material/safety-and-security-education-resources" target="_blank">safety-and-security-education-resources</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Safety and security education resources Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Going solar in the home GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home1Installing renewable energy in your home could result in lower electricity costs and contribute to a more sustainable Cape Town.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/saving-electricity-at-home/go-solar-in-the-home">go-solar-in-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Go Solar In The Home Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Play and get active GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy1Keeping our kids active through sports and outdoor play is a great way to channel their energy. <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/family-care-and-support/caring-for-your-child/play-and-get-active" target="_blank">play-and-get-active</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Play and get active Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
LoadsheddingGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1Loadshedding power outages generally last for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one area being affected at a time during stage 1 and four areas being affected at a time during stage 3b.<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-electricity-services/load-shedding-and-outages">load-shedding-and-outages</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Loadshedding And Outages Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal

 

 

 

Mfuleni women complete digital literacy programmeMost of the women participating in the Digital Literacy Programme had not even laid hands on a computer previously<span><p>Most of the women participating in the Digital Literacy Programme had not even laid hands on a computer previously. In addition, the English medium of instruction was a barrier as the women are isiXhosa and speak very little English, if at all. This presented the City’s Information Systems and Technology Department (IS&T) with a challenge.</p><p>The City’s Digital Literacy Programme originally encompassed training in computer hardware and embedded software, including Basic Writer (open source Word equivalent), Basic Calc (open source Excel equivalent) and Internet security.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/walking%20bus%202.jpg" alt="" style="width:930px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>‘The challenge for us was to tailor-make a programme that catered specifically for the women. Importantly, it had to empower them with basic digital literacy skills to give them a sense of confidence and pride. It was a great opportunity to tailor the content to suit the needs of quite literally each woman on the programme. We are pleased that they found it fairly simple to follow. We have learnt along the way that IT cannot be a one size fits all solution. This was the only way to make the training as inclusive as possible and ensure that the residents find value in the programme,’ said Andre Ford, Senior Project Administrator from the IS&T Digital Inclusion Department.</p><p>The City acknowledged the self-motivation and commitment of the group, who did not want to miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the digital revolution. Three groups of ten participants each were trained in basic computer skills over a three-week period.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Walking%20bus%203.jpg" alt="" style="width:932px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><br>‘This group of phenomenal women has proven that one is never too old to learn a new skill. I applaud the women of Mfuleni for taking this bold step to enter the digital space, which is unfamiliar to them, and for staying the course to complete the programme. Developing their digital skills will help not only to improve their access to technology but will also open doors to future entrepreneurial or employment opportunities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Raelene Arendse.</p><p>‘I would also like to encourage the women to make use of the City’s SmartCape centre in the library. The only way they can grow and improve their skills is to practice what they have learnt. Help is always at hand in the library should they need further assistance when working at the computers,’ said Councillor Arendse.</p><p>Busisiwe Mrataza, who completed the programme during the first intake of participants, has volunteered her time to teach the enthusiastic women the basics of computer literacy while she is searching for employment. </p><p>Busisiwe also plays a critical role in translating the programme instructions into isiXhosa to make it easier for the women to follow. Although she only recently acquired the skills as well, her passion shines through and makes it seem like she’s an old hand at this.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/walking%20bus%201.jpg" alt="" style="width:764px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The women are now able to compile a CV for themselves. When asked what would they do next with this newly learnt skill, it was unanimous: they want to finalise their CVs and apply for job opportunities to improve their lives. </p><p>‘The women should serve as a source of inspiration to their peers in the community and to other women. I tip my hat to them for their enthusiasm to become digitally literate and have asked them to go out and encourage more women to join the Digital Literacy Programme as this will help to open doors for them. We encourage young and old residents and community organisations to make use of these excellent learning opportunities. While the City fulfils its role of creating a learning environment, we ask community leaders to encourage residents to make use of these valuable digital literacy programmes. It will be to their benefit in the longer term,’ added Councillor Arendse.  </p><p><strong>About SmartCape</strong></p><p>The SmartCape programme is a City-run initiative to bridge the digital divide in communities. The City runs a number of digital literacy programmes that incorporate computer basics, coding courses, LAN gaming and other digital literacy programmes. SmartCape terminals can be found at all of the 104  City of Cape Town libraries, where patrons can also gain access to free Internet services via the SmartCape Wi-Fi hotspots.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p>Link to Audio clips:</p><p><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigital-literacy-1-isixhosa"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigital-literacy-1-isixhosa</span></a> </p><p><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigitalliteracy-2-isixhosa"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigitalliteracy-2-isixhosa</span></a></p><p><a href="https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigitalliteracy-3-isixhosa"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/260918-mfuleniwomendigitalliteracy-3-isixhosa</span></a></p><p> </p>2018-09-25T22:00:00Z1
City libraries maintenance on trackIn a technological and digital age, the City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining these spaces. <p>‘In a technological and digital age, the City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining these spaces. Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to a huge repository of information and knowledge. The public library is an essential part of creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br>‘Information is essential to survive and prosper; and the City needs to ensure that all residents can access vital information about health, safety, nutrition and public services. Libraries also provide opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Alderman Smith.<br><br>The City’s Library and Information Services (LIS) plans to spend more than R43 million during this financial year on library upgrades, the completion of the Dunoon library, new Wi-Fi connections, services and the acquisition of reading materials.</p><p>LIS will spend just under R18,5 million on books, magazines, newspapers and e-resources subscriptions to ensure that the City’s libraries have attractive and appealing reading materials to engage all library patrons.</p><p>This is in addition to the new library management system, Symphony, which will improve the service for patrons and staff and which has just been rolled out to libraries.</p><p>Other City libraries will receive R7,7 million for proactive maintenance: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Fish Hoek Library closed in August and maintenance work will include upgrades to the floor, paving, and drywalling to create a new study area and staff kitchen</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kraaifontein Library closed earlier this week for three months to allow for the construction of a toilet for the disabled, as well as for painting, flooring and the extension to staff working area</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">PD Paulse Library in Kuils River will refurbish the toilet facilities; internal and external painting will take place; floor coverings will be replaced; front entrance shopfronts will be replaced; a new issue desk will be provided; and some new external paving will be installed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Goodwood library closed on Friday, 21 September and will reopen in January 2019 to allow for the replacement of carpets, new staff toilets, shelving, restructuring of the children’s section, and the replacements of blinds</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Scottsdene Library will close at the beginning of October (to re-open in December) and work will include fencing, the construction of a toilet for the disabled, paving outside the library and general internal refurbishment</div></li></ul><p>The upgrades to these libraries (with the exception of Goodwood) are due for completion early in December provided there are no unforeseen delays. </p><p>The costs for the maintenance and upgrades to these five libraries amount to just over R6 million.</p><p>Upgrades to the Meadowridge library is due to start in February 2019.</p><p>‘The money spent on these facilities is an investment in the education and empowerment of communities. Libraries culturally enrich the areas they are in and serve as a community focal point. Libraries offer a safe space and vital resources that might not be available elsewhere,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>Last year, the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works.</p><p>‘A key commitment of the ODTP is excellence in service delivery and leveraging technology for progress. We are fulfilling that mandate by providing internet access and making sure our systems benefit patrons and staff,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-09-25T22:00:00Z1
Accountability Roadshow to report back to residents on the progress madeThis week, I will dedicate my time to host mass community meetings to account to residents for the work the City promised to deliver.<p>This week, I will dedicate my time to host mass community meetings to account to residents for the work the City promised to deliver.</p><p>The Accountability Roadshow will take place on the following dates: </p><p><strong>1. Date: 25 September 2018</strong><br>    Time: 19:00 -20:30<br>    Venue: Elsies River Civic Centre</p><p><strong>2. Date: 27 September 2018 </strong><br>    Time: 19:00 - 20:30<br>    Venue: Hoofweg School Hall, Beaver Street, West Bank</p><p><strong>3. Date: 29 September 2018</strong><br>    Time: 15:00 -16:30<br>    Venue: Lotus River Multi-Purpose Centre, 5th Avenue</p><p><strong>4. Date: 30 September 2018</strong><br>    Time: 14:00 - 15:30<br>    Venue: Banqueting Hall, Cape Town Civic Centre</p><p>In 2011, at my first inauguration as Executive Mayor, I told residents that I was determined to ‘work tirelessly, day and night, to live up to this vote of confidence to ensure that we do justice to the hopes, dreams and aspirations of all the citizens of our great city.’</p><p>I said: ‘Now that you have lent us your vote, you must hold us to account.’</p><p>As the outgoing Mayor, I am here to account for the progress the City has made. As the Mayor, I always believe we must serve the people and not wait to be served. </p><p>The City is continuously implementing its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and committing all its employees to build a caring, inclusive, opportunity, well-run and safe city. </p><p>There is still a lot to do to bring greater parity of service and this is why we established the area-based service delivery model to make sure the services of all 10 City departments land in each area across the city. For this reason, I will visit each of the four areas this week.</p><p>The City is working to actively address the imbalances created by apartheid through redress and reconciliation, and by creating an enabling environment to stimulate job creation and address inequality.</p><p>I am working until my last day in office to build a more inclusive Cape Town that provides opportunities to all its residents, redresses the imbalances of our past and gives all Capetonians access to equal opportunities.</p><p>Over the past seven years, the City has attracted more investment and supported catalyst industries by encouraging entrepreneurship and skills training so our residents are ready to be employed. I championed programmes like Women for Change and Women at Work that encourage collaboration with residents and gender parity in the workplace, respectively. </p><p>More women are leading teams in boardrooms, mechanical workshops and building roads – all these jobs were previously dominated by men. I am a firm believer in investing in our young people and the City also launched the #YouthStartCT initiative to support young start-ups and entrepreneurs and expanded connectivity and jobseeker programmes across the city – offering free MyCiTi rides.</p><p>During my term as Mayor we have also significantly raised Cape Town’s international profile through our hard work and, between 2012 and this year, the City received over 30 international awards. These accolades include recognition for the City’s water demand management programme, our transit-orientated development strategy, attracting foreign direct investment, growing the digital economy, attracting tourism, events and conferences and as the home to the best airport in Africa.</p><p>Through our dedicated Air Access team, we have attracted more direct flights to Cape Town and our record of clean governance and sound infrastructure has secured more investment in our city. In 2016, Cape Town was ranked at number 21 globally for our foreign direct investment strategy by the Financial Times, the only African city to appear on the list. </p><p>The City has championed clean governance and led by example for all the other metros in the country. Between 2006 and 2010/11, the City received unqualified audit opinions with findings from the Auditor-General. During my tenure the City received four consecutive clean audit opinions between 2012 and 2016, the only municipality in the country to do so. Last year, we went back to an unqualified opinion with findings. No metro in South Africa received a clean audit last year.</p><p>During my tenure the City brought electricity, water and sanitation to thousands of residents in informal settlements and to those living in backyards. We restored the dignity of thousands of our residents by providing housing opportunities, retrofitting ceilings of government-subsidised houses built between 1994 and 2005 without ceilings, improved Council housing and handed over thousands of title deeds. More Capetonians have a sense of belonging in their lives because of these efforts.    </p><p>I am also very proud of the City’s projects aimed at creating a more compact, integrated city that brought residents closer to their places of work with the expansion of the MyCiTi service, especially to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, and soon it will be heading to the Metro South-east, connecting 1,4 million residents.</p><p>I am also proud of our digital inclusion project where we have rolled out more than 890 km of fibre optic cables and connected over 300 City-owned buildings with Wi-Fi that is accessible to our residents.</p><p>As Mayor, I am working full-out, putting the residents first and ensuring that the City keeps to the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and commitments made in the manifestos before I was elected as Mayor in 2011 and again in 2016. </p><p>I encourage residents to keep holding the City accountable. Over the next few days I will be sharing our success stories in the four areas across Cape Town and will report back to residents about what we have specifically delivered in their communities.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong><br></p>2018-09-24T22:00:00Z1
Residents previously denied property ownership receive title deeds to their homes Giving residents a title deed to the homes represents justice whilst also restoring their dignity<p>Redress and reconciliation have been among hallmarks of the City of Cape Town administration in order to correct the wrongs of the Apartheid government. <br><br>One of the ways in which this caring city has addressed the imbalances of the past is through providing property ownership to residents who were previously denied this right.<br><br>It gave me pleasure to join councillors in Area Central to handover title deeds to residents from Athlone, Gugulethu, Uitsig, Nyanga, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Kalksteenfontein.<br><br>Many of these beneficiaries have waited more than two decades to have ownership of the houses they have lived in for years.<br>One of the beneficiaries Mary Fredericks, who is 85 years old, has been waiting for more than 20 years to have ownership of her own house.   <br><br>Aunty Mary is partially blind and deaf. She never gave up on her dream to have that house registered in her name. <br>Mrs Fredericks and her daughter will finally rest easy knowing they are the rightful owners of the property they occupy.  <br><br>It was also wonderful to rejoice with Arthur and Maria Botha who also after 20 years of waiting have the title deed to their home. Mr Botha is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and I’m really happy that he has come to end of the journey to have ownership of his home.  <br><br>It was an honour for me to celebrate with Aunty Mary, as well as Mr and Mrs Botha because their stories are an inspiration and a triumph against injustice.  <br><br>They are among the millions of people whose heritage was nearly destroyed by the Apartheid government as they were forcibly removed from their homes and some families separated.<br><br>The apartheid regime took away people’s rights to dignity and ownership as people of colour were not allowed to own property. When we were elected into government we made a commitment to change that, and to undo the wrongs of the past through redress and reconciliation.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ownership_titledeeds1.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>Giving residents a title deed to the homes represents justice whilst also restoring their dignity</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ownership_titledeeds2.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>Giving residents a title deed to the homes represents justice whilst also restoring their dignity</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/ownership_titledeeds3.jpg" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>Giving residents a title deed to the homes represents justice whilst also restoring their dignity</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p><br><br>Giving residents a title deed to the homes represents justice whilst also restoring their dignity.<br><br>It is our job as the City to make sure that more people taste the fruits of our democracy by reversing the legacy of apartheid and giving people rights to tenure.</p><p>In this regard, we have over the last year ramped up the process of handing title deeds to residents so that the homes can officially be theirs.</p><p>Since November, in Area Central this administration has issued just over 500 title deeds. <br><br>This was in addition to the 4 330 title deeds handed out to residents across the City during the 2017/18 financial year.<br><br>For the 2016/17 financial year, the City dispensed 1 182 title deeds to residents in historical housing projects and 760 title deeds to residents living in Council saleable rental stock.<br><br>This is building on the legacy from our first term of office between 2011 and 2016 when more than 11 000 title deeds were issued to residents.<br><br>The project of redress remains one of the priorities of this administration and officials are working hard to ensure they trace the beneficiaries of hundreds of title deeds currently in the City’s possession.<br><br><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-09-23T22:00:00Z1

 

 

 

 

Apply for exemption from water restrictionsAll water users are encouraged to save water and adhere to water restrictions, but exemption is approved in special circumstances.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/Water-and-sanitation/Apply-for-exemption-from-water-restrictions">Apply-for-exemption-from-water-restrictions</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City%20Connect%20Header%20Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Saving water in the homeWater is a precious resource and since we are in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water in our home makes a difference!GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/save-water-in-the-home">save-water-in-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Saving%20water%20in%20the%20home%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Alternative water sources for the homeThe City is promoting the responsible use of alternative water, including grey water, rainwater, and groundwater from boreholes/well points.GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/water-wise-in-the-home/alternative-water-sources-for-the-home">alternative-water-sources-for-the-home</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Alternative%20and%20recycled%20water%20sources%20for%20your%20business%20Header.jpg" width="1440" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Saving water in your business or organisationWater is a precious resource and since we are in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water makes a difference!GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/saving-water-in-your-business-or-organisation">saving-water-in-your-business-or-organisation</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Understanding%20the%20cost%20of%20water%20and%20sanitation%20for%20businesses%20Header.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Alternative and recycled water sources for your organisationThe City is promoting the responsible use of alternative water sources that help to minimise the amount of drinking water used from our dams, which is important during a drought.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-water-and-sanitation-services/alternative-and-recycled-water-sources-for-your-business-or-organisation">alternative-and-recycled-water-sources-for-your-business-or-organisation</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/Alternative%20and%20recycled%20water%20sources%20for%20your%20business%20Header.jpg" width="1440" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Apply for replacement wheelie bin The City will replace or repair a damanged or stolen wheelie bin free of charge. GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Municipal-services/solid-waste/Apply-for-replacement-wheelie-bin" target="_blank">Apply-for-replacement-wheelie-bin</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City Connect Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Pay and renew your vehicle licence There are a number of different options you can use when paying for and renewing your vehicle licence renewal. GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Vehicle-licences/Pay-your-vehicle-licence" target="_blank">Pay-your-vehicle-licence</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/City Connect Header Image.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Dam levelsThe dam levels are critical for Cape Town’s water supply and are a key contributor to the Day Zero water dashboardGP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/this-weeks-dam-levels">this-weeks-dam-levels</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header13.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal
Water mapThe City of Cape Town’s water map provides information on household water use, treated effluent collection points and water pressure management zones.GP0|#0549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90;L0|#00549bc50-a20a-4870-897a-a249a9f2ce90|City-Connect;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GP0|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;L0|#0c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57|Explore and enjoy;GP0|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;L0|#0245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711|Family and home;GP0|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;L0|#0af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752|Local and communities;GP0|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;L0|#0e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24|Work and business1<a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/cape-town-water-map">cape-town-water-map</a><img alt="" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/PublishingImages/drought_header13.jpg" style="BORDER: 0px solid; ">Normal

 

 

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